Thermal Application Engineers - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)



Livonia, MI, USA



Exa Corporation seeks Thermal Application Engineers for new technical positions in the area of vehicle thermal simulations. The objective of the position is to develop and validate new simulation methodologies and best practices for thermal applications in ground transportation.

In this role, you will apply your knowledge of thermo-fluid science to develop state-of-the-art solutions relevant to vehicle thermal engineering issues through the use of Exa’s powerful suite of simulation products. Your creativity and ingenuity will have a clear impact on our customers’ efforts to improve vehicle efficiency, safety and passenger comfort on the next generation of vehicles used around the world.




As a Thermal Application Engineer you will:


•Act as a member of the Ground Transportation Applications Group and be responsible for developing new technical solutions of interest to the ground transportation industry which will require the ability to solve challenging fluid dynamic and heat transfer problems.


•Work with external and internal customers to identify important thermal issues related to their product design and engineering process.


•Define the requirements and the priorities of the new simulation capabilities that are necessary for the identified thermal issues and communicate them clearly to the development team.


•Perform validation and verification activities of new thermal features in Exa’s products.


•Document the simulation methodologies for a specific thermal application in the form of best practices and guidelines.


•Provide technical and marketing support to facilitate the deployment of developed thermal applications.


You will report to the Thermal Applications Team Manager and be based in Livonia, Michigan  (alternate location may be considered for an exceptionally qualified candidate). You will collaborate with members of the Thermal Applications Team and other company teams including Development and other Ground Transportation Application Management groups.






•MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerodynamics, Physics or equivalent.


•Experience in thermal modeling of vehicle thermal components and sub-system (HVAC, fans, heat exchangers, exhaust, battery, electric motors, transmission) in the ground transportation industry (3 to 5 years preferred), a strong plus.





•Strong knowledge of fluid dynamic and heat transfer fundamentals.


• Expertise in using commercial CFD and other CAE tools including geometry handling and mesh preparation tools.


•UNIX Skills, script programming such as Python, and knowledge of numerical analysis packages such as MATLAB/Simulink a strong plus.


•Strong English communication skills and good presentation skills.


•Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills including multiple project management.


•Self-motivated individual with a strong work ethic and a desire of continuous learning.


•Ability to apply advanced level technical skills cooperatively in a challenging, fast-paced environment on a team with experienced professionals.


•Availability to travel up to 10% domestic and international.




Exa offers competitive compensation, stock options and a dynamic, growing company environment.  Benefits include comprehensive coverage for medical, dental, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, 401K savings plan with company match, vacations and holidays, flexible work schedule




For immediate consideration, please send your resume with job title Thermal Application Engineers in the subject line to


EXA Corporation

38777 Six Mile Rd

Suite 210

Livonia, MI 48152






Key Words: Computational fluid dynamics, CFD, Heat transfer, Numerical analysis, Simulations, CAE, CAD, Meshing, Thermal application development, Automotive HVAC, Fans, Heat exchangers, Cabin comfort, Exhaust, Battery, Electric motors, UNIX, MATLAB/Simulink, Python, Scripting Please No Agencies, Contractors or Consultants

How to apply:

Please apply by contacting us at the email address listed in the job description.


Attach your CV or resume to your email and it will be submitted directly to the hiring manager.


Feel free to apply for multiple positions if you are interested and qualified.


Thank you for your interest in Exa Corporation!


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